Knight Foundation Grant: Technology Program

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Our Mission

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

Technology Innovation

Investing in innovation and seeking new solutions across all our programs.

What We Fund

We believe in the power of technology innovation to advance our work across all our program areas: journalism, communities and the arts

Much as John S. and James L. Knight leveraged new technology to build their 20th-century newspaper group, we embrace the unprecedented potential of emerging 21st-century technologies to inform people and engage them in the civic and cultural life of their communities.

Our approach is to identify, explore and invest in technology approaches that have the greatest potential impact on the fields in which we work. We often support experiments in digital media, and reinvest in the most promising projects that emerge from early-stage grants. 

Rather than operating as a separate program, staff with technology innovation expertise are part of each of our program areas, and seek to leverage advances across the foundation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We primarily fund U.S.-based organizations. 


  • Knight Foundation's Board of Trustees prefer not to fund: 
    • Requests for support of fundraising events.
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    • Charities operated by service clubs.
    • Activities that are normally the responsibility of government (The foundation will, in selective cases, partner with government in supporting special projects.).
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    • International programs and organizations, except U.S.-based organizations supporting a free press around the world.
    • A second request for a capital campaign for which the foundation previously approved a grant.
    • Conferences; group travel; honoraria for distinguished guests—except in initiatives of the foundation in all three cases.
  • The board and program staff remain open to ideas and opportunities and will exercise flexibility when needed.
  • We do not pay indirect administrative fees to grantee organizations.
    • We may make exceptions if you are providing a necessary service directly related to the grant.
    • Based on the recommendation of program staff, on an case-by-case basis, we will consider indirect fee payments of up to 10 percent of a proposed grant.